There was pandemonium and anger as soldiers on Tuesday 13 July locked customers, inside a popular shopping mall Shoprite located in Umuahia, Abia State capital.
A source who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity explained that trouble started when unidentified soldiers in mufti parked their RAV 4 vehicle at the parking lot of the outlet and went inside for shopping.
Upon return, they raised alarm, claiming that their vehicle has been vandalised and their money is taken away from where it was kept.
Angered by the development, they sought for assistance of their colleagues who immediately besieged the shopping outlet with a Toyota Hilux vehicle carrying about 6 soldiers and locked up customers, preventing entry and exit from Shoprite.
They insisted on having access to the CCTV footage to enable them to study how the money allegedly got missing.
They were later said to have freed the customers and left the area.
THE WHISTLER learnt that this treatment did not however go down well with the customers who have threatened a protest over the action of the security agents.
Confirming the incident to our correspondent in Umuahia, the Manager Shoprite Umuahia Mr Ebuka Orazulike said, “A Major in the Nigerian Army (name wihtheld) came to shop in the mall and claimed that money to the tune of 200,000 was taken out of his car.
“He called his boys and they prevented entry and exit from the mall for from 4:40pm to 6:30pm”,he said.